In our 573rd issue:
Why is it hard to find free wifi when you need it the most? The gradual disappearance of open wireless networks is a tragedy of the commons, with a confusing twist of privacy and security debate. The progressive locking of wireless networks is harmful — for convenience, for privacy and for efficient use of the electromagnetic spectrum. We will need a political and technological "Open Wireless Movement" to reverse the degradation of this indispensable component of the Internet's infrastructure.
EFF is pleased to announce our Second Annual DEF CON Getaway Contest! Proudly supporting the information security community, EFF would like the most enthusiastic digital rights EFFangelists to enjoy the world's premiere hacking event in style. Enter to win DC19 human badges, a suite at the Las Vegas Rio Hotel and Casino, exclusive Ninja Networks Party badges, passes to theSummit Party, and more! Just register and encourage your friends to contribute to EFF through your personalized referral link. The top three fundraisers will win big! Thanks from EFF. Read more about the contest and the swank Vegas prize packages on our site.
In Memoriam: Professor Keith Aoki
Like so many others, we were stunned to learn that law professor, cartoonist, copyfighter, and digital rights stalwart Professor Keith Aoki passed away last week.
White House Threatens Science Blog Over Use of Logo
When Keith Cowing made an innocuous post about a meeting of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology on his long-running science policy blog, he didn’t expect a phone call from a White House staffer objecting to Cowing's use of the the presidential seal.
Righthaven v. CIO: It’s Hard Out Here for a Troll
The federal district court in Nevada held that the non-profit organization Center for Intercultural Organizing’s posting of a copyrighted news article was a non-infringing fair use, setting a powerful precedent for fair use and against copyright trolling.
EFF Welcomes New Staff Attorney Hanni Fakhoury
We're pleased to announce our newest staff attorney, Hanni Fakhoury, an experienced criminal defense attorney who will focus on the intersection of technology and criminal law.
Former FBI Agent Speaks Out Against PATRIOT Act
As Congress gears up for the next PATRIOT Act vote, former FBI agent Coleen Rowley explains why reauthorizing the PATRIOT Act won't make us safer - but will impact our civil liberties.
Historic Jazz Recordings Locked Up by Copyright
A trove of historic jazz music may not be released to the public, and music fans might be justified in putting the blame on copyright law.
A Drupal plugin that plugs privacy leaks due to embedded video has just been updated, thanks to Brian Swaney of Open Source Club at the Ohio State University.
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